Age spots are dark spots that appear on the skin, most frequently on people over age 40. They are often called liver spots, although they have nothing to do with the liver. They are the result of overproduction of melanin in that area of the skin, and may be caused by overexposure to the UV rays of the sun. While they are not dangerous to senior health, Orlando live-in senior home care providers can recommend some home remedies to fade age spots.
Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent that can be applied twice a day, and the spots should fade in about eight weeks. A small about of sugar can be added to the lemon juice to act as a natural exfoliant.
Apply aloe vera juice or gel to the spots twice a day and leave on for about 45 minutes each session. There should be some improvement to the area in about a month because aloe vera stimulates the growth of new skin cells.
Rub a sliced onion over the spots. Vitamin C and other compounds found in onion juice act as natural skin lighteners. Providers of at-home care in Orlando even suggest garlic because it’s part of the onion family and works great, too!
Rub plain yogurt on the age spots, leave it on until it dries and then rinse off with cool water. The lactic acid found in yogurt can fade the dark spots, and the good bacteria contain enzymes that can break down melanin.
Apply castor oil to the spots each day as an easy home remedy for age spots. It contains antioxidants that help lighten the dark spots on your skin. Additionally, castor oil helps hydrate the skin and reduce dryness and wrinkles.
All of these at-home remedies take some time, so patience is key. If one method doesn’t work, encourage your senior loved one to try another. To help your loved one look and feel his or her best during the golden years, turn to Home Care Assistance of Orlando. As a leading provider of comprehensive services, including Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, and post-stroke care in Orlando, we strive to help seniors age in place in comfort. Our highly trained caregivers help seniors with daily activities such as grooming, dressing, exercising, meal preparation, and more. To learn more about how we can help your senior loved one, contact an experienced Care Manager at (407) 232-7155 and schedule a free consultation today.